“I didn’t know a harp could do that!” is a remark often heard at Laurie Riley’s concerts. She has played with The Chieftains, has performed and adjudicated internationally, has been featured on American Airlines, the Narada Collections, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Earth Video Works, and has toured since 1985. She performs on the rare double-strung harp, playing traditional, ethnic, and contemporary selections from around the world, as well as compositions of her own. Her numerous recordings also include wire-strung harp and Celtic harp.
“Laurie Riley is a superb harpist with an unusual sound due to her Celtic-based but international outlook and her double-string harp (two rows of strings that sound like two harps playing at once). Few harpists in the world can play Celtic and South American styles alike, never mind tunes that have echoes of such divergent styles.” D. C. Donovan, Editor, World Discoveries.